The City of Sydney will host its annual Twilight Parade on January 29 to welcome in the auspicious Chinese Year of the Dragon.
The event will showcase more than 2,900 local and international performers, including 135 artists from Chengdu –showing off their stunning Panda Puppets, Fire Dragons and ethnic dancers. A unique mix of dynamic live music, amazing floats, flamboyant dragons, dazzling costumes and illuminated zodiac lanterns will be highlighted against a background of light projections along the Parade route.
Spectators will enjoy dragons from East and West, stunning floats, martial arts demonstrations, circus performers, Chinese musicians, ballroom dancers, live art installations and visiting groups from Beijing, Shanghai, Anhui and Xian.
The City of Sydney Chinese New Year of the Dragon twilight parade begins at 8pm on Sunday, January 29, 2012 from the Sydney Town Hall and finishes in the city’s Chinatown. It will be followed by a fireworks display at Cockle Bay at 10pm. For more information, visit: www.sydneychinesenewyear.com
*Other cities across Australia will hold special Chinese New Year celebrations on the following days: Brisbane Chinatown – January 22; Adelaide Chinatown – January 28; Melbourne and Perth Chinatowns – January 29. ■